Jun 16, 2021
Electric tractor developer, California’s Solectrac, purchased by Ideanomics
Ideanomics announced June 14 it has fully acquired Solectrac Inc., a California-based manufacturer and distributor of premium zero-emission electric tractors that use clean renewable sources of energy, furthering the mission to reduce commercial fleet greenhouse gas emissions.
Ideanomics will support Solectrac across various business functions providing operational confidence to scale and become established as a global leader and supplier of clean agricultural equipment, according to a news release from the company. Solectrac markets itself as having a significant head start in the electric tractor market in North America with limited competition and aligns with Ideanomics’ commitments to ESG initiatives. Those commitments include accelerating the adoption of zero-emission commercial EVs, transparency, accountability, and environmental sustainability.
Solectrac enhances Ideanomics’ ecosystem of EV businesses with a premium offering in the rapidly growing agriculture sector that is on the cusp of EV adoption, according to the news release. The Solectrac electric tractor lineup is fully scalable and market-ready to generate revenue in the US with proven demand. The use of proceeds from the deal will allow Solectrac to build up inventory, improve negotiating power, strengthen and diversify the supply chain, increase production capacity in the U.S., hire additional management and staff, and fuel further sales and marketing initiatives.
“The acquisition of Solectrac is perfectly aligned with our EV and Mobility initiatives,” Alf Poor, Ideanomics CEO, said in the release. “EV tractors have proven to be superior to their diesel counterparts not only when it comes to torque and overall performance, but also when you consider operating costs, reliability, and the positive impact they have on the environment. They are also an underserved part of the market when it comes to EV initiatives. For those reasons, we are excited to bring Steve Heckeroth and the Solectrac team into the Ideanomics family. With farmers and business operators eager to transition from diesel to sustainable alternatives, we intend to make Solectrac the reliable, go-to brand not just here in North America, but across the globe.”
“All of us at Solectrac are pleased to be joining the Ideanomics ecosystem, giving us access to an array of resources to help scale our marketing, operations, and manufacturing capabilities,” Solectrac Founder and CEO Steve Heckeroth said in the news release. “Our mission is to lead the transition from fossil fuel-based farming to zero-emission regenerative agriculture with best-in-class technologies, and Ideanomics will help us accelerate our progress toward that game-changing goal.”
Solectrac Inc. is located in northern California.
Ideanomicsis a global company focused on the convergence of financial services and industries experiencing technological disruption. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Qingdao, and operations in the U.S., China, Ukraine and Malaysia.
Above, Soletrac’s eUtility vehicle. Photo: Solectrac